India is a kaleidoscopic country, home to a wide range of alluring mountains, hills, and stunning lakes.
However, with the arrival of winters, heading to the hills seems like a far-fetched idea. Hence, it might be the time to give our beautiful lakes a try.
If you love nature at its serene best, pay a visit to these five most beautiful lakes in India.
Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Situated in the picturesque city of Srinagar in the northernmost union territory Jammu and Kashmir, the iconic Dal lake, proudly dubbed as "Srinagar's Jewel" remains one of the most popular and adored tourist spots in the country.
The lake is best known for its floating gardens, vibrant shikaras, and large houseboats.
Fun fact: Dal lake boasts of hosting the world's only floating post office.
Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan
An artificial fresh water lake situated in India's very own "City of Lakes" Udaipur in Rajasthan, the Pichola Lake, set amidst the Aravalli ranges, offers some of the most breathtaking sunset views, and amazingly romantic boat rides.
No wonder, the city is a favorite among couples and honeymooners.
Other top lakes to visit in Udaipur are Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaisagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake.
Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
Perhaps the most sought-after road trip in India is the one to the union territory of Ladakh, and a major reason for that is the spectacular Pangong Tso Lake.
The salt water lake, situated at a height of 4,000 meters, offers some striking sunrise and sunset views.
Fun fact: The iconic last scene from 2009 blockbuster 3 Idiots was shot at Pangong.
Loktak Lake, Manipur
If a quiet nature-inspired escape is on your mind, head to the scenic Loktak Lake in Manipur.
The pristine waterbody boasts of being the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, and the only floating lake in the world, due to its floating phumdis.
In case you don't know, phumdis are free-floating masses of vegetation, soil, and organic matter, resembling miniature islands.
Damdama Lake, Haryana (and other honorable mentions)
Situated near Gurugram in Haryana, the Damdama Lake, located just one hour away from Delhi, is known for its plethora of activities like Kayaking, parasailing, angling, fishing, hot-air ballooning, rowing and nature walks.
Other lakes that are worth a visit include Wular Lake (J&K), Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim), Chilka Lake (Odisha), Vembanad Lake (Kerala), Bhimtal Lake (Uttarakhand), ChandratalLake (Himachal Pradesh), Upper Lake (Madhya Pradesh).